Consumerization and Data Integrity

Until very recently, new technology made its debut in large corporations, nonprofits, and government enterprises. In the late 1960s, for example, only the largest organizations could afford to purchase the third-generation IBM mainframe computers. Even the earliest IBM PC desktop computers cost far too much money in the early 1980s to be bought for family or home use.Consumerization

Today we have consumerization. Consumerization is the introduction of computer and phone hardware and software into the home consumer marketplace before it is purchased by business firms and other enterprises. No longer is it business firms that evaluate and shake down new technology before home users can get their hands on it.

In the old days, hardware and software releases were very expensive.
Only after the technology was refined would prices be reduced so that home users could become customers. Mass manufacturing and distribution led to price reductions that allowed home consumers to eventually enjoy the new technology. Whether it was Texas Instruments introducing a line of hand-held calculators in the 1970s, or Radio Shack offering their line of TRS-80 business computers, the trend for decades was business first, and individuals later.

Today, smartphones and tablets are first introduced as home, family, and home-office devices. The technology companies’ marketing strategy is to make these new products affordable immediately so tech-savvy home users will buy them. Many of these home users will be part of the “bring your own device” (BYOD) movement and will carry their iPhones and Android tablets to work with them. BYOD leaves business IT managers and chief technology officers (CTOs) with the burden of creating policies for managing these new technologies in the workplace.

How will consumerization affect the data integrity of Access mdb files?
Microsoft Access will probably continue to be offered as a standalone product, as an important component in Microsoft Office, and as part of Microsoft’s move to the cloud. So don’t expect any radical changes in the market penetration of Access in the coming months.

Third-party Access add-ins and add-ons, on the other hand, are generally priced affordably compared with MS Access or MS Office. These low prices allow third-party Access utilities to gain a foothold in the consumer market before they catch on in the business world. Combined with the BYOD movement, the consumerization of Access utilities offered by small independent software vendors (microISVs) will result in more and more programs working with Access’ mdb files. This increase in mdb file manipulation will result in more and more damaged Access database files. And with more broken files, the need for Access recovery software will increase.

IT managers and in-house help desk technicians will need an Access repair application to ensure that company information is always available and accurate. DataNumen Access Repair is a time-tested and proven technology for identifying Access files that have problems, and repairing these databases. Learn more about all of DataNumen’s file repair software on

Alan Chen is President and Chairman of DataNumen, Inc., whose data recovery technologies include Access repair and SQL recovery software products. For more information visit

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